Rookie QB thinks he can come in and perform immediately under the fast tempo system.
When Chip Kelly took the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching role this off-season, it was clear that he would be bringing his fast pace offence from Oregon to the team.
Matt Barkley played in the pro-style offence at USC, a system very different to the spread-pistol formation run by Kelly, but it is not fazing the 22-year old as he looks to find playing time in his rookie year.
Speaking to CSNPhilly.net, Barkley was willing to adapt to whatever coach Kelly would throw his way.
“You know, I’ll make it fit,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter what plays we run, I’m going to find a way to help this team out, and I know Coach Kelly has a way of working things out as well in terms of how he schemes and how he calls plays, so I’m not worried. I’m just worried about the here and now and what I can do right now.”
Barkley demonstrated at times his ability to play at the high NFL standard that coach Kelly will require on his offence, however there was a reason he was selected in the fourth round, as his decision making and deep ball accuracy became problematic during his senior season saw his stock drop massively.
With competition from Michael Vick and Nick Foles this season, it will be tough for Barkley to find playing time early on, however this intent to show his willingness to work in any system will leave an impression on Coach Kelly.